Sunday, January 31, 2010

Busy Reading Week!

WOW! The books came flying in this week! UPS, FedEx, USPS all have been at my door. In addition to all the books, I got some clothes I ordered on QVC, my first new clothes in three years, so I was very excited. But I digress...
I received The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner from the author. He has a form on his website where you can request a book and if he has a copy he'll send it. How nice! It's about Juana of Castile, the last hereditary Queen of Spain.
Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? hooked me up with some goodies through TLC Book Tours. I've already finished Laura Lippman's Life Sentences, which I loved. Look for the review in March. The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen and Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Vanitha Sankiran are both historical fiction coming out in the spring.
Finished 2 excellent books this week, Laura Lippman's Life Sentences and Get Lucky by Katherine Center. Both are contemporary fiction, which was a nice change from all of the historical fiction I've been enjoying. I still got my historical fiction fix with the audio book of Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. I read it several years ago, and decided to listen to the book before starting the audio of the second in the series, The Serpent's Tale. I'm so glad I did! I remembered that the writing was mellifluous and it is even more wonderful on the audio, read by Rosalyn Landor. Her British accent brings to mind the setting and she does wonderful voices for the characters without going over the top.
My line up for this week is The Last Queen and Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton, as well as the audio The Serpent's Tale. I also have reviews to write for Get Lucky, Young Bess and Life Sentences.
What are you reading this week? Get anything new that you're excited to read?
Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. J.Kaye's Book Blog sponsors What are you reading on Mondays? Both of them will give you lots to add to your lists!
Don't forget my giveaways in the right-hand column.
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21 comments:

Vicki said...

Thanks for the info about C.W. Gortner's website. The Last Queen looks interesting!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Becky said...

sounds like some good reads! Sometimes it is nice to read something a bit different to usual.

My post is here if you are interested

bermudaonion said...

Every single review I've read of The Last Queen raves about it! I hope you love it just as much!

Justine said...

Ooh girl, I'm reading The Lost Symbol and it is SO good!

Justine :o )

Kaye said...

You got some great books this week. Life Sentences is a good read. My MM is here Have a good week and happy reading!

DCMetroreader said...

I'm expecting Life Sentences for the tour too. It looks great!

Happy reading!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Wow - great book week! I am going to check out the Last Queen. I love those books!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, wonderfully compelling! Life Sentences was great!

My MM is here:

http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2010/02/mailbox-monday.html

My What Are You Reading? is here:

http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

New books and new clothes! You hada great week! The Last Queen looks interesting. I'll watch for your review! Enjoy all your new books!

Kristen said...

How much fun to get all those things in the mail! You had a lot of good reads last week. Hope you have another great one.

GardenofDaisies said...

The last Queen does sound interesting. I'll have to look for that one at the bookstore.

Laura Fabiani said...

Thanks for the heads up on The Last Queen. I would love to read this book. The book trailer had me all curious about this lesser known historical figure. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Stephanie said...

These look good! I have a copy of The Last Queen waiting in the wings, too.

Elysium said...

I really loved The Last Queen! Hope you enjoy it!

Jennifer said...

I have read a lot of what you just read or are about to read. All excellent. Have you read Franklin's third novel in the series? MC Beaton is always a delightful ay to spend an afternoon. Life Sentences was indeed wonderful! My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/02/what-are-you-reading-mondays-1-february.html

kanishk said...

The Last Queen raves about it! I hope you love it just as much!

Work from home India

Becky said...

Oh poo on a new book to be excited about - I'm more excited to read about your new clothes!!! I am assuming it's a smaller size?!?!

Way to go Elizabeth!

Sharon said...

You have some good reading listed! I have The Mistress of the Art of Death on my wishlist. Can't wait to see how you liked it.

Happy reading!

Mary said...

I've heard so many good things about The Last Queen. I hope you enjoy it!

Suko said...

Elizabeth I am new to your blog and find it quite unique and interesting.

I've also heard good things about The Last Queen.

I had fun with this meme: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/01/mailbox-monday-moratorium-monday.html

Bcancer said...

Wow - great book week and happy reading!!